Advanced Materials for the Design of Lightweight JP5/JP8/DS2 Fueled Engines for UAVs
Agency / Branch:
DOD / NAVY
Develop a high power to weight, compact, heavy fuel MCC engine using advanced high strength materials. This new MCC engine design will also offer high durability and high efficiency with an extremely low acoustic and IR signature for use in future small UAVs. The overall objective of this Phase I development program is to develop a JP-5, JP-8 or DS2 MCC engine using advanced high strength to weight materials. This new design will offer a power to weight ratio between 1.1 to 1.5 HP per pound and a minimum service life over 600 hours. It will have a BSFC greater than 0.5 lb/hp-hr at all power outputs. This design will be developed for extreme operational environments including starting temperatures of 0 degrees F and above and operating temperatures from -50 degrees F to 130 degrees F. This MCC engine design can be scaled and/or stacked to cover an output range from 2 HP to 150 HP. The MCC engine is the only engine capable of full expansion which gives it an extremely quiet exhaust even without a muffler.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Research Institution Information:
Engine Research Associates, Inc.
12108 Burning Tree Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46845
Number of Employees:
610 PURDUE MALL, HOVD RM 328B
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN 47907
Michael R. Ludwig